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Inspirational CRNAs Advocating for Our Future

  • Posted By: Garry Brydges - President, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA , FAAN
  • Apr 12, 2019
Well, another AANA Mid-Year Assembly is behind us. There is no experience quite like getting to spend time with passionate members advocating for our future. Over 1,000 attendees made it to the Washington, D.C., this past Tuesday—from the lectern was an incredible sight, from the roar of the crowd there was nothing more inspirational. There is no experience like advocacy in the nation’s capital. Some of the topics discussed were Title VIII Education Funding, VA full practice authority, Local Coverage Determinations, protecting access to rural anesthesia services, workforce development, the opioids crisis, chronic pain management, and reducing barriers to practice, to name a few. Outstanding job everyone! Thank you for representing all your CRNA colleagues who could not be with us in Washington, D.C., and most importantly every patient across America. Your voice matters!

MYA2019 Capitol Hill
"Evidence and Economics" Working for You

MYA2019 Ralph Kohl speechAANA Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs Ralph Kohl coined a new term that made a buzz during the entire MYA meeting. During his lecture, he made reference to the two things legislators and legislative staffers gravitate toward: evidence and economics. As more research continues to be published by outside research entities about the quality and economic sustainability CRNAs bring to anesthesia care delivery, the future for CRNAs continues to flourish in an increasingly competitive healthcare marketplace. Ralph, thanks to you and your incredible team advocating on behalf of CRNAs in Washington, D.C. – Every Breath, Every Beat, Every Second!

Please frequent the Advocacy & Policy Research page to keep track of any emerging “evidence and economics” surrounding the quality and economic sustainability CRNAs provide anesthesia care delivery.
A Successful Mid-Year Assembly: The Highlights

The AANA Communications Committee’s Student Mentoring program was a hit again this year, and the program just continues to grow. This year there were a record 56 mentors and mentees participated—yet another incredible opportunity to impart our experiences and professional knowledge onto our future CRNAs. My mentee, Greta Lenz from the University of Florida, appeared to be truly inspired by meeting many of the pillars of the CRNA community and legislative advocates lecturing at our meeting, participating in Board of Director functions, and sharing her stories about her military service. Thanks for your service, Greta!

A Bylaws and Resolutions Hearing took place at the MYA. The debate around the proposed AANA name change from American Association of Nurse Anesthetists to American Association of Nurse Anesthesiologists was civil and comprehensive. The hearing allowed for a lot of good dialogue and content to consider for educating the members at large. The group advocating for the name change hosted a gathering that attracted approximately 250 attendees. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend due to my commitments to the Mentoring Program (see story above) and Board of Directors that evening.  However, there is a Facebook Live recording of the gathering in case you missed it or have an interest in learning more.

Finally, the AANA BOD meeting was well attended at the assembly, which is truly encouraging. On many occasions, the board yielded the floor to members, allowing them to provide their input and perspectives. I hope more members will attend future BOD meetings to offer feedback and input that augment the board’s decision-making process. Thank you to those who participated in the open session. Naturally, we want to continue the dialogue with you, our valued members! If you have any feedback, please send an email to